Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 25, 2007

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From the British Newspaper called the “Daily Mail”

“Every doctor he has seen has told him categorically there is nothing wrong and that his symptoms are all in his mind. ”

Allergic to electricity

As the chief executive of a high-tech food company with a turnover of £500m and 5,000 staff, you would expect Brian Stein to have all the latest electronic gizmos.

But he doesn’t even watch television or listen to a stereo system, much less use a mobile phone or computer.

He cannot travel by electric train, take a long-haul flight or drive a modern car, and long ago traded in his £50,000 BMW7 series for a Nissan that is now 12 years old and has 235,000 miles on the clock.

For the past seven years, says Brian, he has been electrosensitive, which means he reacts to the electromagnetic radiation – sometimes known as electrosmog – given off by electricity systems and appliances.

Five minutes near a mobile phone mast is enough to cause sharp pains in his head. Longer exposure produces aching muscles, heart palpitations and stomach cramps. On occasion, he says, it has caused him to bleed internally.

But every doctor he has seen has told him categorically there is nothing wrong and that his symptoms are all in his mind.

Officially in the UK, electrosensitivity does not exist. Sufferers of the condition, meanwhile, claim that as many as five per cent of the UK population could be affected.

Electrosensitivity is becoming an issue in schools, with many parents concerned that their children are exposed to more electronic gadgets than previous generations – and that we don\’t know enough about the effects of the radiation emanating from them.

While there is no scientific evidence to suggest radiation from wireless technology poses any immediate health risks, there has been little research into its long-term effects, something sufferers are clamouring for.

People who claim to be electrosensitive say they suffer disturbing symptoms such as stomach pains and palpitations whenever they are in close proximity to a mobile phone mast or a wi-finetwork \’hotspot\’. Yet most doctors say their symptoms are psychosomatic. So is this very modern-sounding malaise the ME of the Noughties?

Brian, 57, believes his symptoms began as a result of using mobile phones. “I had used one since they came on the market about 20 years ago,” recalls Brian, who runs Samworth Brothers, a Leicestershire company that supplies chilled foods to supermarket chains.

“Then seven years ago I started to experience a tingling sensation in my face and right ear, a bit like earache. It happened only while I was using the mobile phone. At first, I could use it for 20 minutes without a problem, then only for 15 minutes.

“Then one day, about a year later, as I put the phone to my head, it felt as if my eardrum had burst – there was a sharp, stabbing pain. I swore I would never use a mobile again and never have.’

Unfortunately for Brian, that was not the end of his problems. Soon after, he began to experience head pains when he sat in front of his computer or drove his car. Convinced he had a brain tumour, he visited his GP, who told him that his symptoms were not consistent with a tumour.

But his fears were not allayed and he asked to be referred to a neurologist who – at Brian’s insistence – arranged an MRI scan, which was clear.

Over the next few weeks the symptoms spread to include a sore throat, frequent chest pains and palpitations. “I wondered what the hell was happening to me,” he says.

“It was my wife who went on the internet, just over a year after I first started having problems, and found out about electrosensitivity. As I read through the list of symptoms, I ticked all the boxes. It was like a jigsaw fitting together.”

Brian began conducting a series of ‘experiments’. Driving the car made him feel unwell, but getting out of it made the symptoms subside.

From the internet he learned that old vehicles with fewer electrics are less likely to cause problems for people with electrosensitivity than more sophisticated models, so he began driving his wife’s old Nissan, which he still uses.

He also found that being near the washing machine caused a pain in his chest and watching television resulted in headaches.

Some rooms in his home caused him no problems, but in others his symptoms would flare up.

By this time Brian had made contact with Alasdair Phillips, scientific director of Powerwatch, an organisation that researches electromagnetic fields. Alasdair’s company, EMFields, sells electrosmog detectors – devices that convert electromagnetic radiation into noise.

Using one of these, Brian discovered that some rooms in his home had higher levels of radiation than others. He concluded the radiation was coming from a mobile phone mast about half a mile away, as the rooms affected were those positioned closest to it.

Delighted to have identified the cause of his illness, Brian again visited his doctor — and was shocked at his response.

“He told me that electrosensitivity did not exist and said now that the brain scan had given me the all-clear, he thought my symptoms were psychosomatic. I knew they weren\’t but it is intimidating when a doctor says that.”

Things were getting worse. Within two years of first experiencing head pains, Brian found that merely sleeping in a room with an electricity supply for more than a few nights caused him to develop pains all over his body and ringing in his ears.

At first he switched off the house electricity supply every night, but as this caused the fridge-freezer to defrost, he had a special extension built, using a silver-plated insulating material that screens out virtually all radiation. This is where he now sleeps.

Although neither his wife nor his three grown-up children suffer from the problem, they try to be sympathetic.

“The children get exasperated that they cannot watch the television when they come to visit,” he says, “but they are very understanding. It does make our home life challenging.

“One of the biggest problems is staying in hotels when I am in London on business. If the room has wireless internet access, I wake up at 1am trembling, with ringing in my ears.”

All electrical appliances have been removed from his office and his secretary handles his e-mails. “Instead of doing presentations from a laptop, we use slides and overhead projectors.

“If somebody needs to get hold of me, they leave a voicemail message which I collect from a land line. I have never lost a contract through being out of touch.

“Because I am the chief executive, I can modify my environment. However, as a trustee of the EM Radiation Research Trust, which lobbies for more research on electromagnetic radiation, I have met many people who are severely electrosensitive like me. Everyone apart from me has had to give up work.”

Nobody knows how many people in the UK suffer from electrosensitivity because the symptoms vary from person to person and the condition is not recognised by most doctors.

A review carried out by the Government’s Health Protection Agency in 2005 estimated that somewhere between a few people per thousand and a few per million are affected by symptoms they believe to have been caused by electromagnetic radiation.

But others put the figure much higher. Professor Olle Johansson, from the Karolinska Institute’s department of neuroscience in Sweden, where electrosensitivity is recognised as a disability, estimates the prevalence of the condition in his country at three per cent.

In the capital, Stockholm, sufferers can have their homes adapted to screen out sources of electromagnetic radiation. They can even rent council-owned cottages in areas of low radiation.

And according to a report published by the Swiss Government in 2005, “electric
ity supply systems, appliances and transmitters for various wireless applications generate electrosmog that can be harmful to our health”.

In contrast, the British Health protection Agency report investigated various symptoms attributed to electrosensitivity, including fatigue and headaches, but decided that there was no proven link between them and exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

The World Health Organisation came to the same conclusion: “It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to electromagnetic fields.

“Examples may include “flicker” from fluorescent lights, glare from VDUs and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations.

“Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace.

“There are also indications that these symptoms may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about electromagnetic health effects, rather than the exposure itself.”

“With most diseases, sufferers have roughly the same symptoms, but people who have this condition show a variety of responses,” says Professor Lawrie Challis, chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme, which, though funded by the Government and the mobile phone industry, is independent of both.

“The symptoms are real but we do not know what they are caused by.”

For the past five years, the research organisation has been investigating the short-term effects of mobile phones and masts and is due to publish the summary of this work in May.

“We have looked at a range of possible effects on memory, blood pressure and inner ear function,” says Professor Challis.

“We have taken blood samples and measured hormones. These are high-quality studies and the signs are that they do not show any short-term effects from exposure to mobile phones.

“What we have found is that when extra-sensitive people are placed in conditions where they do not know whether a mobile phone is on or off, they are unable to tell more often than you would expect.”

Brian Stein believes the Government is reluctant to acknowledge the danger posed by mobile phones because the industry generates around £13 billion a year and brings large amounts into the state coffers through taxes and the granting of licences.

Those who, like him, are convinced that electromagnetic radiation is detrimental to health have suggested various theories as to why this should be the case.

Some believe an allergic reaction is at work. Others argue that pulsed radiation from mobiles or laptops using wi-fiinterferes with the body’s internal electro-chemical signalling systems.

The Reflex study, funded by the European Union, reported in 2004 that electromagnetic radiation caused DNA damage to cells in the laboratory, but it said that this did not prove that mobile phones could cause cancer.

Recently, however, more serious concerns about mobile phones have begun to surface.

Some studies, including one published in the International Journal of Cancer last month, suggest that there may be a correlation between using mobile phones for ten years or more and an increased risk of brain tumours, though the authors stress the link could be due to chance or to bias in the research.

“This needs further investigation,” says Professor Challis. “Cancer takes more than ten years to appear: we have seen that with cigarettes, asbestos and the atomic bomb.

“We have no evidence so far of harm coming from mobile phones, but that does not mean that there is no harm. We cannot sit around and do nothing for the next ten years. Short-term experiments do not tell us much about long-term effects. The only sure way of finding out whether there are long-term effects is to study people’s health over a long period.”

Brian disputes that there is no evidence of harm from mobile phones so far. He has received sheaves of letters from other sufferers through his involvement with EM Radiation Research and the electro-sensitivity support group ES-UK, and says there is plenty of research to back up his belief.

“I don’t doubt my sanity, but I am concerned about the sanity of the rest of the world,” he says. “Scientists used to say the earth was flat. I have no doubt that I will eventually be proved right.”

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February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments

Entry for February 24, 2007

The front page of the current Markham newspaper has a very sad story about a seven year old child who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

30 months of chemotherapy and it went into remission but late last year, the blood disorder returned. Doctors at Sick Children’s hospital told the family chemotherapy will help keep blood cancer cells at bay, but the real cure may be in a bone marrow transplant.

The family, including his three older siblings, were tested in January and none were appropriate matches. Understandably, they decided to launch an aggressive public awareness campaign, asking people to take a simple blood test in the hope of finding a suitable donor.

Knowing the link between Leukemia and the hydro transmission towers, I decide to look up the family name in the Markham area. It’s a unique family name and shouldn’t be too hard to find as the article included the name of his public school. It’s in the area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. I know right away that the area has hydro transmission towers in that exact area.

I find only one match for the family name in Markham and using the postal code, I look it up using Google Earth. The program zooms in to the same area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. Using the measurement tool, it’s only 529 metres from the hydro lines. And the school that he goes to? It’s even worse: 286 metres.

I happen to mention this story to a few close friends. After I finish telling them, one of them tells me that he lost his cousin at the age of 21 to Leukemia so I ask him where he lived. In the Islington and Rexdale Blvd area and he gives me the street name. I’m not familiar with the general location so I type the street into Google Earth and it zooms in. I can tell by the distinct green patches that it’s in the area of the hydro transmission lines. I take the measurement tool and he lived 748 metres away.

So does long term exposure to hydro transmission lines cause Leukemia? You decide.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2007

and another link to prostaglandin? Bed wetting…

Hormone Imbalance Could Spur Some Bed-Wetting

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
Friday, December 1, 2006; 12:00 AM

FRIDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — An imbalance in a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin could explain tough-to-treat bed-wetting in some children, Danish researchers report.

Most children have their bed-wetting controlled by a medication called desmopressin, which reduces the amount of urine they produce at night. But about 30 percent of kids don’t respond to the drug.

“Our understanding of bed-wetting is continuously improving, and we are getting better in helping children that suffer from the condition.” said lead researcher Dr. Konstantinos Kamperis, from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. “How the body treats salt may play an important role in the etiology of the condition.”

His team found that children with the type of bed-wetting that does not respond to desmopressin have more salt and urea in their nighttime urine, possibly caused by an imbalance of prostaglandin.

The report is published in the December issue of theAmerican Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.

Bed-wetting is a common and bothersome problem. In fact, 5 million to 7 million children in the United States ages six and over wet their beds at night, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

In the study, researchers studied 46 seven-to-14-year-old children suffering from bed-wetting, all of who were treated as outpatients at Aarhus University Hospital. The youngsters had not responded to desmopressin. This group was compared to 15 children of similar age who had no bed-wetting problem.

The children spent two nights at the hospital. The first night was to acclimatize them to the hospital environment. During the second night, the researchers collected blood and urine from the children without waking them.

“We found that bed-wetters excrete larger amounts of salt at night, probably the reason for their bed-wetting,” Kamperis said. “Apart from that, these children excrete larger amounts of prostaglandins, and this could explain both the large excretion of salt at night as well as the inability of desmopressin to treat this condition,” he explained.

Compared with children who responded to desmopressin, the children who did not respond excreted twice as much urine during the night. In addition, the urine of children who wet their beds during the experiment contained more sodium, urea and prostaglandin than the other children, the researchers found.

“These findings point towards new treatment possibilities for bed-wetting with agents that reduce the amount of salt excreted in urine,” Kamperis said. “Such studies are being conducted at the moment. Furthermore, we would be interested in researching the exact etiology of this excess nocturnal salt excretion. That could help our understanding of bed-wetting,” he added.

One expert thinks that, while it is possible that prostaglandin might be involved in bed-wetting, the data from this study can’t be used to change clinical practice right now.

“This study has some biological plausibility, because some studies suggest that prostaglandin inhibitors are useful in the treatment of bed-wetting,” explained Dr. Joseph G. Barone, an associate professor of pediatrics and urology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J. “Prostaglandin inhibitors include Motrin and Advil, but, in my experience, these medications have not been effective against bed-wetting,” he added.

Although bed-wetting is very common, there are few basic science studies on this condition, Barone said. “This study adds useful information to the medical literature, and it may lead to further studies. However, clinical recommendations cannot be made based on the results of this study,” he said.

Barone noted that desmopressin is not a cure for the problem. “It works in about 50 percent of cases, in my experience,” he said. “When desmopressin works, it is not a cure, just a Band-Aid. The theory is that desmopressin reduces the amount of urine at night, and the child does not, therefore, wet the bed.”

Bed-wetting continues to be a multifaceted condition that is commonly associated with developmental immaturity, Barone said. “The most compelling evidence that bed-wetting is developmental in nature is the child’s natural tendency to outgrow the problem in 99 percent of cases,” he said.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2007

A high sugar diet can cause a prostaglandin imbalance? So how is prostaglandin produced within the body? Zinc! Dr. Google…

Zinc is important in over ninety enzymatic pathways. Zinc facilitates alcohol detoxification within the liver. It plays a role in producing and digesting proteins. Zinc is also important in maintaining normal blood levels of vitamin A, boosting the immune system, healing wounds, converting calories to energy, reducing low birth rates and infant mortality, controlling blood cholesterol levels, and in producing the prostaglandin hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, inflammation, and other processes.

A deficiency of zinc can lead to poor taste, anorexia nervosa, anemia, slow growth, birth defects, impaired nerve function, sterility, glucose intolerance, mental disorders, dermatitis, hair loss, and atherosclerosis. Zinc deficiency can also cause depression, since it’s necessary for the production of the happy hormone, Dopamine.

Several nutrients are involved in prostaglandin synthesis. These include certain essential fatty acids from certain vegetable oils, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-3, Zinc, and Vitamin C. Deficiency of any of those may result in prostaglandin deficiency.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 24, 2007

Brain Chemicals and Modern Life

It all comes down to our chemistry. Fidgeting, concentration, sleep, energy levels, mood swings, even the ability to sweat are controlled by the chemicals lurking about our bodies. Serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, melatonin, insulin, and prostaglandins are some of the more important ones…and these in turn are influenced strongly by stress, diet, exercise, sunlight, sleep and other life style factors. Of course the life style of today is radically different than it was 20,000 years ago. Consider how these factors from modern life commonly influence us:

  • Being indoors (lack of sunlight): Reduced melatonin
  • Stress: Reduced serotonin
  • Modern food processing: Fatty acid imbalances and chemical sensitivities
  • High sugar/carbohydrate and low-fat diet: More insulin; prostaglandin imbalance
  • Lack of exercise: Decreased serotonin and dopamine
  • Lack of sleep: Reduced serotonin
  • Poor nutrition: Reduced serotonin
  • Boring classes/job, lack of activity: Reduced dopamine & norepinephrine.
  • Deionized air: Reduced serotonin

Reduced serotonin levels from stress, lack of sleep & exercise, poor nutrition, and lack of sunlight are connected with ADD, irritability, depression, aggression, anxiety, lack of concentration, chronic pain, restlessness or fatigue, nausea, obsessive-compulsive disorder, weight gain or loss, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, heat intolerance and other syndromes. Fluctuating serotonin levels are connected with bipolar disorder (manic depression) and hypomania. You don’t have to feel depressed or anxious; symptoms may be purely physical.

Reduced dopamine/norepinephrine caused by boring surroundings and lack of exercise may manifest as ADD, impulsivity, lack of concentration, restlessness, and depression or loss of pleasure. Dopamine is the “feel good” chemical which illegal drugs mimic (such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana) as well as cigarettes, coffee and alcohol. Ritalin and other ADD drugs are thought to increase dopamine activity.

Modern food processing has completely altered the types of fatty acids we consume. Since our brain is composed largely of fatty acids, we are missing the “bricks” needed for normal brain development and repair. In addition, we are eating lots of man-made chemicals. Food colors, for example, are mostly made from petroleum.

Reduced melatonin from lack of sunlight may disturb the sleep cycle and cause seasonal depression (called SAD).

Lots of sugars and carbohydrates lead to increased insulin levels. High insulin tells the body to store what you just ate as fat, thereby dropping your blood sugar concentration. Your brain can burn only sugar, so it is deprived of food. Poor concentration and depression can result. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can lead to diabetes. Also, the low blood sugar make you hungry, which causes you to eat more sugar or carbohydrates, and the cycle is repeated. Finally, insulin levels affect serotonin levels and many systems throughout the body.

Poor nutrition can result in lower levels of chemicals like serotonin. Vitamins B6, C and E (the stress vitamins) are especially important.

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Entry for February 23, 2007

On my way home from work tonight, I was sitting on the GO train listening to my music and looking out the window when out of nowhere, I got this weird muscle pain in my lower back on the right hand side. It happened twice and I shifted in my seat because I thought it may be from the way I was sitting in the seat.

It didn’t happen again for the rest of the night but I mentioned it to my wife. She said usually a pain like that is related to the kidneys. Oh great…just what I need…back to googling…

From WebMD:

Symptoms of a kidney infection

Most people who have a kidney infection will have two or more of the following symptoms. Each symptom can range from mild to severe. Pain in the back just below the rib cage on one side of the body (flank pain). Flank pain occurs when a kidney is inflamed.

  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Burning pain with urination
  • A frequent urge to urinate without being able to pass much urine (frequency)
  • Cloudy urine
  • Abdominal pain

The kidneys filter waste products from your blood and produce urine. Normally, urine is sterile, which means it does not contain bacteria. However, bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract may cause infection if they enter the urinary tract and travel to the kidneys. When a kidney infection occurs, usually only one kidney is infected.

Okay…some interesting things here. The flank pain definitely describes my pain in the lower back. Another symptom is the cloudy urine which interestingly, I have noticed lately and I thought it was caused by the vitamins. I’m not 100% sure but I think I first noticed it a few weeks ago. I also find it interesting that a kidney infection can be caused by normal bacteria in the digestive tract. I’ve been eating a large tub of yogurt almost everyday and taking acidophilus here and there.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 23, 2007

Zinc

© Elson M. Haas M.D.
(Excerpted from Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine Published by Celestial Arts)

In evaluating body zinc status, plasma or serum zinc levels may not reflect body stores; however, if they are low, zinc is likely deficient. Low hair levels appear to reflect zinc deficiency, which then should be substantiated through a blood test. High hair zinc levels may also be seen with zinc deficiency, though this is not as correlative as low hair levels. In general, the red blood cell (or white blood cell) measurement of zinc may be most indicative of the body’s true status of zinc nutriture.

Whole grains such as whole wheat, rye, and oats are rich in zinc and are good sources for vegetarians. Even though the mineral from these foods is utilized less well because the fiber and phytates in the grain covering bind some zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, much of the zinc in these foods is still available to the body. Nuts are fairly good sources, with pecans and Brazil nuts the highest. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc and are thought to be helpful to the prostate gland. Ginger root is a good zinc source, as are mustard, chili powder, and black pepper. In general, fruits and vegetables are not good zinc sources, although peas, carrots, beets, and cabbage contain some zinc.

Deficiency and toxicity: Zinc is fairly nontoxic, especially in amounts of less than 100-150 mg. of elemental zinc daily, though this much zinc is probably not really needed and may interfere with the assimilation of other minerals. Zinc salts such as gluconate or sulfate are commonly available in 220 mg. tablets or capsules, each providing 55 mg. of elemental zinc. Taking one of these two or three times daily may cause some gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, or diarrhea but is more likely to have positive effects. Excessive supplementation may cause some immune suppression, premature heartbeats, dizziness, drowsiness, increased sweating, muscular incoordination, alcohol intolerance, hallucinations, and anemia, some of which is due to copper deficiency. More than 2 grams of zinc taken in one dose will usually produce vomiting. If not, it will likely lead to other symptoms until the body clears the excess zinc. Luckily, only a certain amount of it will be absorbed.

Zinc may interfere with copper absorption, so taking regular zinc supplements without copper can cause copper deficiency. This will interfere with iron metabolism and possibly cause anemia, as copper and iron are important in red blood cell formation. We usually need supplemental copper and vitamin A to balance the effect of extra zinc. Some formulas, for example, Nutrilite’s product, A plus Zinc, contain vitamin A and zinc together, which improves the effect of both; additional copper, about 2 mg., might also be supplemented daily, though at another time than the zinc.

The subject of our diet and zinc deficiency is an important one. The all-too-typical advanced technology, antinature diet that is high in refined grains, fat, sugar, convenience foods, and fried meats, is often low in zinc and many other important trace minerals and B vitamins.

Requirements: The RDA for zinc in adults is 15 mg., with additional amounts needed during pregnancy and lactation. Yet the average diet contains only about 10 mg. of zinc. And when zinc needs are considered, we likely need even more than 15 mg. per day to be sure we are meeting our requirements. Adequate amounts can be met by a good diet, especially with good protein and calorie intake. Vegetarians can eat more whole grains; even with some of the zinc binding to grain phytate, we still get a fair share into our body from these zinc-rich foods. Since absorption is about 30-40 percent, our total zinc body tissue needs are about 4-6 mg. per day.

We probably need 15-30 mg. of available (elemental) zinc daily for maintenance and probably about 30-60 mg. for treatment, though more is sometimes used. Fifteen mg. of zinc is often included in general supplement formulas. Separately, zinc gluconate and sulfate in reasonable amounts are used commonly without any side effects, though zinc gluconate is usually a little better tolerated than zinc sulfate. The amino-acid-chelated zinc is probably the best tolerated and absorbed though it is more expensive. Zinc sulfate tablets or capsules of 220 mg. provide 55 mg. of elemental zinc. A supplement labeled “zinc 25 mg. as gluconate” should provide 25 mg. elemental zinc. In medical treatment or research, zinc sulfate 220 mg. may be used two to three times daily, supplying about 100-150 mg. of available zinc for absorption. This dosage is usually tolerated fairly well.

Although 30-60 mg. of elemental zinc per day is the usual therapeutic level, more may be needed to correct zinc deficiency. Taking zinc alone two hours after meals or first thing in the morning will increase absorption by reducing the competition with other nutrients, such as calcium and copper, or food constituents such as the phytates and fibers in grains. With infections, burns, before or after surgery, in pregnancy, or with aging (often accompanied with lower absorption), 50-75 mg. per day is suggested as a therapeutic dose.

When taking higher amounts of zinc, we must make sure we get adequate amounts of copper-at least 2-3 mg. supplemented, and possibly more with higher zinc intakes-so copper deficiency does not occur. The suggested zinc to copper ratio is about 15:1. About 200 mcg. per day of selenium should also be taken, to prevent depletion by supplemental zinc. Zinc may be taken with magnesium, vitamin C, and B complex vitamins, but it is best to take a regular vitamin-mineral combination with 15-30 mg. of zinc in proper proportion to other minerals, so that deficiencies of zinc or imbalances of the other minerals do not occur.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for February 23, 2007

I’ve had a new wart on my left hand for a couple of weeks now. I always seem to have them and I generally leave them alone but I lately, I’ve noticed that it has slowly disappeared. I had a stubborn wart that was removed by the acupuncture last year but I always seem to get them. It’s off to google to find out why?

Potassium Deficiency for Warts and Moles: When cysts or tumors grow in places where they can be seen outside the body, often we react by having them cut out. This defeats healing by working on the effect instead of the cause. You can cut cysts out, tumors off, and burn warts off (which are also a potassium deficiency), or get rid of as many moles as you wish, but unless you go to the cause, they will grow back again, and you may end up with as many or more cysts, tumors, moles as before. Different signs of potassium deficiency will keep popping out on the body because the condition that needs correcting is on the inside.

WOW! Isn’t that amazing? I’ve just started taking two capsules of the NuLife potassium last week. But I do some more googling and find another link between warts and zinc.

Warts: When They’ve Had Every Treatment But the Zinc

In patients with recalcitrant warts, low serum zinc levels may point the way to clearance.

Investigators in Iraq designed a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, prospective trial of oral zinc sulfate in the treatment of recalcitrant warts (common, plantar, and planar). They recruited 80 patients, each of whom had more than 15 resistant warts. For 2 months, 40 patients were treated with oral zinc sulfate (3 doses totaling 10 mg/kg/day, to a maximum of 600 mg/day), and 40 received placebo. If clearance occurred, patients were followed for 2 to 6 months to assess recurrence.

In the zinc group, 23 patients completed treatment, 20 of whom (87%) had clearance of warts within 2 months. Dropouts were described as lost to follow-up. In the placebo group, 20 patients completed treatment, and no response occurred in any patient. All patients had low serum levels of zinc at baseline, but none had symptoms of zinc deficiency. Local itching after 5 days of therapy, increase in size, and tenderness were associated with clearance of the warts. All patients in the zinc group experienced nausea from the treatment. Vomiting and epigastric pain in this group were common but did not interfere with treatment. Warts in the zinc group did not recur during follow-up.

Comment: The treatment of warts can be frustrating for both patients and dermatologists. This report suggests that zinc therapy for warts is very helpful in patients with low serum levels of zinc. It would be useful to know whether recalcitrant warts are a new sign of preexisting or acquired zinc deficiency, and further studies in other countries are warranted. For now, patients who have recalcitrant warts might be willing to tolerate a few weeks of nausea to finally clear their warts. It may be useful to check serum zinc levels before treatment.

So was it the zinc or the potassium? I’ve been taking zinc since the beginning of February and I’ve started back on the potassium since the beginning of January.

Based on my experience with the copper effecting my magnesium, I’m willing to bet that I have low levels of zinc.

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Entry for February 22, 2007

We had steak for dinner tonight. Usually we have chicken and I never have any problems but an hour after having the steak, I notice that I have a lot of gas. Not only that, I was sneezing for most of the night and had a runny nose. We cooked it in the oven so I know it’s not the microwave this time causing the symptoms. I’ve always been a big meat eater but this is the first time I’ve ever noticed this reaction.

During my lunch break, I visit the health food store close to my work and pick up Opti-Zinc by NuLife.

February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

   

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